Sunday, May 23, 2010

He came home...

He came home a different kid! Tortuga got off the plane and genuinely hugged every single one of his siblings! He was so happy to see us that he couldn't stop telling us that he missed us or hugging us! He even brought us presents. Each of us got candy that his grandma let him buy. What's the big deal? He THOUGHT about us. He WANTED to bring gifts. He chose candy that was absolutely PERFECT for EACH person-- orange Tic Tacs for C., sour gummy worms for Milagro, cute little "cans of bugs" for Corazon and Pollito and for me ... a HUGE box of "red" St*rbursts because "I know you don't eat much candy but I couldn't remember what kind of gum you like to chew and I didn't want to get the wrong one so I remembered that when you buy us St*rbursts and we offer you some you only want the pink or red ones...."!!!! Amazing. Who would have thought he was actually paying attention to our likes and dislikes?

Everyone was happy to see one another. Tortuga has a wonderful time camping with his grandpa and grand uncle and then hanging out with grandma for a couple of days. Surprisingly, even though the rest of the kids shared their stories of time at the water park we haven't seen any signs of anger or jealousy from Tortuga. The reports we got from the grandparents was that he was excellent (we kinda expected good behavior) and that he talked about how much he missed us and that he was dilligent about doing his homeschool work. So far he has been home 4 days and we are seeing a more mature, more appreciative and more caring child. I will probably jinx all this by saying that this trip was a "success" and a win for all of us.

The rest of us had a grand time at the waterpark. Not usually my kind of thing but I genuinely enjoyed myself just watching the kids have so much fun and was truly touched by how many times they remembered their absent brother. I let them pick one small souvenir for themselves and they insisted on one for him that was identical to their but way bigger than theirs "so he would know we missed him." Oh how I love these kids!

7 comments:

Ashley said...

Very *very* quietly cheering for your success!! (Shh!)

GB's Mom said...

Reading this post was a great way to start my day. Congratulations!

Lee said...

What wonderful news!

J. said...

I am so glad to hear that it all went so well. Healing can come in times we never expected it to.

matryoshka said...

wow..that's great that he was thoughtful and caring and showed that he does care about what you each like..deep deep down. Excellent!

marythemom said...

Woo hoo!!

Mary in TX

BT said...

So amazing...hooray!

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